Relics and the medieval mind

@article{Ward2010RelicsAT,
  title={Relics and the medieval mind},
  author={B. Ward},
  journal={International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church},
  year={2010},
  volume={10},
  pages={274 - 286}
}
  • B. Ward
  • Published 2010
  • Philosophy
  • International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
  • This article sketches the origins of the veneration of relics in the early Church through the Middle Ages to a new approach to them in western Europe after the sixteenth century. They had been seen as a living link between heaven and earth, but new questions transferred them from a symbolic universe to an analytic sphere. The new question was ‘how’ did this work, about mechanics, not about meaning, the ‘why’ question, ‘What is in it for me now?’ How can we value relics today in our… CONTINUE READING
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